In related Beyoncé news, her Superbowl halftime performance will be followed just weeks later by the premiere of her HBO doc. We’ve already shown you the trailer but Saturday’s edition of NYDailyNews offers up some criticism of the piece, namely that she is the sole voice of the film:
“Life Is But a Dream,” which debuts Feb. 16 on HBO, doesn’t pretend or aspire to be more than an autobiography — one of history’s most skilled and successful female singers telling the tale in her own words and pretty much only her own words.
HBO bills the film as “an intimate feature-length documentary.” But with Beyoncé as director, executive producer and star, let’s not act surprised that it includes no other narrators.
In one of the opening segments, she talks about how she has always wanted “independence,” that is, to answer only to herself. Only a few stars shine brightly enough to claim that prize, and Beyoncé has become one of them.
Hearing only her voice is revealing in a way, since it tells us what she considers to be the parts of her story that matter. Still, it does at times leave us wanting one of those other voices.
When she talks about how painful it was to split from her father and begin to manage her own career in 2011, it would be interesting to hear his response. We don’t.
We don’t even hear voices that would very likely echo her own. While she makes repeated and touching references to her husband, Jay-Z, we see him just briefly and never hear him.
“Life Is But a Dream” also spends little time on Beyoncé’s past. We get a few clips of her singing as a child and little reference to Destiny’s Child, the group that launched her stardom.
More important to her are ruminations on the rewards and pressures of stardom. Some of the footage of fans, when they aren’t in their seats, makes them look pretty scary.
The show includes several concert performances, all delightful and all illustrating why she’s Beyoncé.
She seems to have taken equal delight, though, from tucking in brief diary-like ruminations she has recorded on her computer over the years.
Covering subjects like the chaos of touring and her joy at being pregnant, none is startling or especially revealing. Still, they lead her to muse, “Thank God for my computer. When there’s no one else to talk to, I can talk it out with myself.”
Beyoncé references a few rough moments, like the miscarriage that led her to write “the saddest song” of her life. But the fuller story of Beyoncé, who at 31 comes scary close to having it all, will have to be told elsewhere.
Wow, sounds like this documentary makes Bey look like a total narcissist. Bet the stans with love it though…
Here are some direct quotes about her love for Hov and her miscarriage featured in the documentary via VIBE:
“It’s every woman’s dream to feel this way about someone,” Beyonce says about her hubby during a vacation in Venice. She then opens up about her miscarriage from two years ago, using music as therapy to cope with the loss.
“There’s a stupid rumor. The most ridiculous rumor I think I’ve ever had about me. It’s crazy. To think I would be that vain – I respect mothers and women so much and to be able to experience bringing a child into this world, if you’re lucky and fortunate enough to experience that, I would never, ever take that for granted. It’s the most powerful thing you can do. Especially after losing a child, the pain and trauma from that just makes it mean so much more to get an opportunity to bring life into the world. It seems like people should have boundaries.”
*Drops mic* That should end all the talk about her faking her pregnancy.
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